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RALEIGH — Heritage’s volleyball team dominated the first set and then won a couple of close final two sets in their 3-0 (25-8, 25-22, 25-18) win at Wakefield Thursday Sept. 26. Even though the Huskies finished the night with a clean sweep of three straight sets, Heritage head coach Jessica Furlough gave her players a stern postgame speech. She didn’t want the girls to be complacent with their play and stay consistent in all three sets. “We dominated in the first set and I wanted the girls to play like that all three sets,” Furlough said. “There’s things that we need to work on and establish. I’m happy for the win against a rival team. I just want the girls to go out there and handle their business.” Heritage opened the first set up 5-1 and then extended that dominance to 16-3. The Huskies easily coasted to a 25-8 finish to win the first game after a spike from Shannon Ullman. In the second set, none of the teams could pull off a good run. Heritage struggled to stay ahead of Wakefield, as the two NAC 6 conference rivals kept trading points back and forth. Finally, the Huskies went ahead 20-17 late in the game. From there, both teams scored five points each to end the set. Wakefield hit the ball out of bounds and Heritage came out on top 25-22.

In the third set, the Huskies jumped ahead 11-7 and then extended that lead to 16-10. At the end, Wakefield hit the ball into the net and Heritage won the match 25-18. “We started communicating better,” Furlough said. “When we talk to each other, we play at a higher level. The girls capitalized on the little things.” Heritage also took advantage of Wakefield’s 69 total errors throughout the night. Furlough told her players that they can’t rely on the other team to score points. They have to earn it themselves if they want to be a championship squad. “Every point counts,” Furlough said. “We have to treat ever point like a game point. We have to be ready on defense and not just anticipate certain things.” With the loss, Wakefield dropped to 3-13 overall and 1-3 in NAC 6 conference play. The Wolverines haven’t lost 13 matches in a season since 2015. With the win, Heritage improved to 10-5 overall and stay undefeated in conference play at 4-0. The Huskies haven’t lost a conference match since Oct. 16, 2017 when they lost to Wakefield 3-1. Heritage will play Wake Forest at home Tuesday Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. Wakefield will take on Knightdale at home at the same date and time.